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2017 Preparedness Grant Case Studies

FEMA conducts grant effectiveness case studies to demonstrate how states and urban areas across the country use a mix of homeland security non-disaster grant programs to improve preparedness and close capability gaps.

Lessons learned, innovative practices, and success stories resulting from the case studies are shared below.

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Icon for file of type application/pdfMontana: Closing Capability Gaps

In 2013, Montana Disaster and Emergency Services (DES) and the Montana Fire Wardens Association invested State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) funds to develop Situation Analyst Montana (SAM), a web-based platform that enables emergency managers, public health, fire, and law enforcement stakeholders to access a common operating picture of ongoing statewide incidents in real time. This project addressed a capability gap in maintaining operational coordination of wildfire response efforts.

0.20MJanuary 8, 2018
Icon for file of type application/pdfMassachusetts: Closing Capability Gaps

Massachusetts’s Western Homeland Security Planning Region used State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) funding to support a Children in Disasters Conference in September 2015. Local planners incorporated subject-matter expertise and participant input from the conference into subsequent efforts, such as developing a Family Reunification Plan Template.

0.10MJanuary 8, 2018
Icon for file of type application/pdfMaine: Closing Capability Gaps

In 2014, the police department in Brewer, Maine used State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) funds to establish the Multi-Assault Counter Terrorism Action Capabilities (MACTAC) training program to enhance regional response to complex coordinated terrorist attacks and active shooter events. Brewer Police Department created the MACTAC program in response to real-world events, including the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting and the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.

0.08MJanuary 8, 2018
Icon for file of type application/pdfOhio: Closing Capability Gaps

Based on lessons learned from the Boston Marathon Bombing in 2013, Cuyahoga County invested State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) funding to create over 100 deployable mass casualty supply kits. Cuyahoga County deployed these kits in support of the 2016 Republican National Convention (RNC) in Cleveland, Ohio.

0.09MJanuary 8, 2018
Icon for file of type application/pdfThe District of Columbia (DC): Closing Capability Gaps

Following the September 2013 Navy Yard shooting, the District of Columbia (DC) recognized the need to enhance their response to mass fatality incidents. As part of this effort, the District invested Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) funding to implement five mass fatality services projects.

0.10MJanuary 8, 2018